With the aim of improving coordination of patient care and communications between nurses and physicians in its behavioral health unit, Flagler Hospital, St Augustine, Fla, has begun using a proximity-based “geo-messaging” system from Ekahau Inc. The system is a feature of Ekahau’s real-time location system, which is based on RFID over WiFi.

Flagler’s caregivers wear Ekahau’s active RFID badges, and if assistance is needed, they press one of two badge buttons so that nearby co-workers receive their help request, displayed on the badge LED as a text message. The system requests help from those individuals closest to the initiator, and therefore most likely to quickly respond.

More information on the system is available on Ekahau’s website.